Nothing is going to come easy for the Pennsylvania Rebellion this season. But at least the challenges are sometimes tinged with the occasional bizarre play.
Such was the case in Monday night’s game against the Akron Racers at Consol Energy Park.
The Rebellion took a three-run lead into the last inning, allowed two to score, and had an Akron player who would not take the umpire’s word that she made the second out of the inning.
Once it was sorted out, the Rebellion managed to put away a 3-2 victory that snapped a seven-game losing streak and move their record to 6-23. Akron fell to 14-17.
“I’ve never seen that before,” said Rebellion manager Stacey Rice. “In this game, you never know what you are going to get. You see something you have never seen before.”
The Rebellion entered the seventh with a 3-0 lead, but a two-run single by Nerissa Myers, who has feasted on Rebellion pitching, cut the lead to 3-2. Myers’ hit put runners on first and third and made the Rebellion lead look like it might quickly evaporate.
Catcher Jessica Garcia then hit a rocket to third base that Jenn Salling knocked down and threw to first for the second out of the inning.
Garcia never left the bag after being called out and no one seemed to notice until after reliever Sarah Pauly pitched a ball to third baseman Kelly Montalvo. The first base umpire repositioned himself at second base as he would if no one was occupying first base and he didn’t notice Garcia had not left the bag.
“I was just thinking about my at-bat,” said Garcia. “I just stood there. I wasn’t thinking about it. It definitely wasn’t done on purpose.”
Confusions reigned after the pitch. The umpire finally sent Garcia to the dugout.
“I don’t know what happened there,” said Akron manager Brian Levin. “She was out at first base but still standing there. I don’t know if she thought they had not called her out or what.”
The Rebellion built a 3-0 lead by scoring twice in the fourth and once in the sixth. DH Courtney Liddle walked to open the inning and pinch-runner Ashley Carter stole second. Second baseman Lauren Lappin drove her home with a single and went to second on the throw home. One out later, first baseman Breezy Hamilton drove in Lappin with a single.
Right fielder Mandy ogle opened the sixth with a home run to left field, her second of the season.
Tatum Edwards pitched a strong game, going 5 1/3 innings and not allowing a run. She was pitching to her twin sister Taylor Edwards, the Rebellion’s starting catcher for the second start of her pro career.
“We’ve always played together,” said Tatum Edwards. “There is nothing new here, except that it was really fun.”
Tatum Edwards signed as a free agent and Taylor Edwards was a second-round draft pick.
“I trust (Taylor),” said Tatum. “I never shake her off.”
But Tatum does take advantage of one thing.
“I was born a minute and 10 seconds ahead of her,” Tatum said, “and I tell her that all the time.”
Attendance was 603. … Myers had two of Akron’s seven hits. … Ogle and Hamilton each had two hits for the Rebellion.